The Grapevine Arts Centre has a hairdressing salon and an ambition to make fashion available to as many people as possible.

In a four floor premises on Dublin’s North Frederick Street, the Grapevine Arts Centre offers a diverse range of activities including a street theatre programme, hair cutting, street fashion design, photography, dance and mask making.

The philosophy behind the street fashion workshops is that everyone should be able to make their own clothes cheaply.

We want people to be able to take fashion into their own hands.

The workshops are attended by a wide variety of people and everyone from 14 to 50 years of age is encouraged to create with dyes and paints on the workshop floor.

A lot of people like to work with basic clothing shapes which are simple to make. Once the garment is made, the shape can be changed with accessories to suit every individual.

The Grapevine Arts Centre also runs a hairdressing salon, but this is unlike a traditional salon as it is just a barber’s chair. There are no sinks, brushes or blow-dryers. The salon aims to create an intimate, relaxed atmosphere where the client receives a haircut they can manage themselves on a daily basis,

Giving them control over their own hair again.

A client, Brian, has a totally different attitude to his hair since attending the Grapevine Arts Centre for his cut. Compared to other salons he feels he is treated well, gets a better haircut and appreciates the special rate it offers for unemployed people.

Hairdresser and performer of Raymond Keane worked in other salons but found them limiting as he was obliged to create commercial hairstyles. He did not enjoy having to sell products while working. 

The series 'Access: Community Television' shows programmes made by communities or groups about their specific projects.

This episode of 'Access: Community Television' was broadcast on 1 December 1983. The reporter is Ciana Campbell.